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UN Security Council slams deadly terrorist attacks on Yemeni Defence Ministry
|English.news.cn 2013-12-06 06:36:23
“……….Two suicide car bombers and 12 gunmen stormed Yemeni defense ministry complex in the capital Sanaa on Thursday morning, killing at least 52 people and wounding up to 167 others, the country’s supreme security committee said.
The massive bombings seriously damaged a military hospital and three buildings in the ministry compound, as well as set 10 military vehicles on fire.…………….”
Blast at Yemen Defense Ministry kills 15
SANAA, Yemen — “Assailants in military uniforms Thursday crashed an explosives-laden vehicle into the gates of the Defense Ministry, causing multiple casualties……..
Military and hospital officials put the death toll at 15, with 40 wounded……..”
“Car bomb kills 10 people and injures 26 in Egypt’s restive Sinai region near
Israel, state-run media reports”
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A glimpse at the next Bin Laden?
Al-Suri, who is suspected of planning the Madrid train bombings, is encouraging a higher quantity of smaller attacks, a break from bin Laden’s methodical and dramatic approach.
The Department of State has announced the designation of Boko Haram and Ansaru as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended, and as Specially Designated Global Terrorists under section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224. Boko Haram is a Nigeria-based militant group with links to al-Qa’ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) that is responsible for thousands of deaths in northeast and central Nigeria over the last several years including targeted killings of civilians. Also operating in Nigeria, Ansaru is a Boko Haram splinter faction that earlier in 2013 kidnapped and executed seven international construction workers.
These designations are an important and appropriate step, but only one tool in what must be a comprehensive approach by the Nigerian government to counter these groups through a combination of law enforcement, political, and development efforts, as well as military engagement, to help root out violent extremism while also addressing the legitimate concerns of the people of northern Nigeria. All of our assistance to Nigeria stresses the importance of protecting civilians and ensuring that human rights are respected. That assistance and these designations demonstrate U.S. support for the Nigerian people’s fight against Boko Haram and Ansaru.
These designations will assist U.S. and other law enforcement partners in efforts to investigate and prosecute terrorist suspects associated with Boko Haram and Ansaru.
Boko Haram has been conducting an ongoing and brutal campaign against Nigerian military, government, and civilian targets. Among its most lethal attacks, Boko Haram carried out indiscriminate attacks in Benisheikh, Nigeria in September 2013 that killed more than 160 innocent civilians, including women and children. Boko Haram has also conducted attacks against international targets, including a suicide bombing of the United Nations building in Abuja on August 26, 2011, that killed 21 people and injured dozens more, many of them aid workers supporting development projects across Nigeria.
Ansaru’s attacks have focused on Nigerian military and Western targets. In November 2012, Ansaru raided a police station in Abuja, killing Nigerian police officers and freeing detained terrorists from prison. Also in January 2013, Ansaru attacked Nigerian security services when its members ambushed a convoy of Nigerian peacekeepers. Ansaru has also conducted several kidnappings of foreigners living or working in Nigeria.
The consequences of the these FTO and E.O. 13224 designations include a prohibition against knowingly providing, or attempting or conspiring to provide, material support or resources to, or engaging in transactions with, Boko Haram and Ansaru, and the freezing of all property and interests in property of the organizations that are in the United States, or come within the United States or the control of U.S. persons. The Department of State took these actions in consultation with the Departments of Justice and Treasury.
Pakistani Taliban Gather to Select Successor to Leader Killed in U.S. Drone Strike
“……..Pakistani officials said the Taliban shura, or governing council, started to gather at a mosque in Miram Shah…..on Friday night. Early Saturday, fighters buried Mr. Mehsud, who had a $5 million United States bounty on his head, and six others…….
Officials said Mr. Mehsud’s body was damaged beyond recognition, after several missiles hit the vehicle in which he was traveling as it entered a compound in the village on Friday.
Four candidates are thought to be in the running to replace Mr. Mehsud in an opaque process rived with tribal rivalry and personality-driven tensions……………”
Chinese police detain five suspected Islamist militants after ‘terror attack’ on tourists
Assault near Tiananmen Square was ‘carefully planned and premeditated’
“………..Beijing police said the SUV that ploughed into a crowd of tourists outside the Forbidden City in downtown Beijing was driven by Usmen Hasan, an ethnic Uighur from the restive western region of Xinjiang.
His wife, Gulkiz Gini, and mother, Kuwanhan Reyim, were with him in the car, which had Xinjiang number plates, along with “devices filled with petrol”, knives and a “jihad” flag, police said.
The assault killed two tourists, one from the Philippines and another from Guangdong province, and injured 40 people…….”
Pentagon Says Shabab Bomb Specialist Is Killed in Missile Strike in Somalia
“The United States military carried out a missile strike against a top Shabab operative in Somalia on Monday, according to Defense Department officials………..The American strike is the latest evidence that the Obama administration has decided to escalate operations against the Shabab in the aftermath of the bloody siege at a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya……….